notalush (5514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very drinkable, but thin and mild for a winter beer, especially one that claims to be a winter "warmer." The spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) are present, tastes like Christmas all right. Not much else to the flavor, though, and the finish is watery and uneventful.
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I had this beer on tap a couple of months ago. Has a nice dark copper color with an appropriate head. The aroma seemed pretty good at first, I could definitely notice the cinnamon, and figured it smelled pretty good--kinda like those places in the mall. The first couple sips were pretty good, but the cinnamon kept leaving aftertastes that kept building up to the point where I was almost nauseated. I only managed to finish about half my pint!
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The cinamony/ginger thing is just a turn off. It's something that just doesn't go with beer. At the first taste I thought not bad. It got worse with the second sip. It's just too sweet.
Aurelius (4781) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild cinnamon aroma. Tastes like gingerbread crackers or something. Thinnish palate. Cool label.
Amber1 (32) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth, nice bronze color. Malty and spiced
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very drinkable seasonal from Harpoon. Smooth, satisfying flavor with a nice level finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber red color with a medium thick creamy head and good lace. Sweet spicy (nutmeg/cinnamon?)malt aroma witha hint of hops. Slightly sweet malt flavor full of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness with a spicy hop finish. medium to full bodied, slightly warming with a touch of dryness.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like they had Pumpkin Beer leftover so they slapped a "Holiday" label on it. Way to over powering, kinda flat and clouldy. Had worse though.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color. Perhaps a little cloudy in
appearance. Not much head. Strong nutmeg aroma.
Flavor has initially strong nutmeg then finishes with
a more cinnamon flavor. Only problem is that it is a tad
undercarbonated. Good beer.
Frank (3603) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 2003 Bottle: Pours a lovely deep amber/brown. Head consists of very large bubbles and is quickly diminishing. Nose is loaded with cinnamon with hints of cloves and citrus hops. Slightly watery but so smooth and delicious it hardly matters. Exceptional balance between spice and then usual ale flavors. Unlike other spicy beers, I could drink this all night.
2002 Tap: Very strong notes of nutmeg in the nose along with some cinnamon. The nutmeg persists throughout along with a little more cinnamon and maybe a hint of vanilla. Lush and creamy mouthfeel. Eggnog 0, Beer 1.